Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Chicago Schwinn, 5-speed... is it a Contenental, or Collegiate, or other?
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05-07-10, 03:31 PM
I picked up this electro-forged Schwinn the other day and unfortunately the pics don't do it justice. The red is wonderful, the chrome shiney and delightful. If my wife didn't already have an older bike that she liked, I'd be fixing this one up for her. Not surprisingly the lettering has worn away. It looks like the name starts with a "C", I have another old Schwinn 5-speed that is a Collegiate, but the chainguard on that one isn't the same graphical design as this. Any opinions of what it is, and what it might be worth are welcomed.
Looks like a Collegiate in Burgundy: Chrome fenders, 5sp, chainguard with no model name on it. (Chrome fenders and Chainguard could also be a Breeze, but those had either 1 or 3sp hubs and the Breeze name on the chainguard.) Early 70s likely. Look at the non-drive side rear dropout for the serial number, if you want to get the exact date. As far as value, in restored condition with no rust, new tires, tubes, cables etc about $75 +/- $25
+1 Collegiate. Continental would have a double crankset up front, no chain guard, no fenders, etc. Value depends where you live. In one of those insane bike markets, value is pretty good. Ditto a college town. Everywhere else, about $75 to $100 after full service. Value could be 2X or more in one of those hot markets.
26" wheels, 5 speed, chrome fenders, upright bars is a Collegiate Tourist, probably Flamboyant Red. The name was on the chainguard in 1975.
27" wheels, 5 speed, painted fenders, upright bars was a 5 speed Suburban.
I think the Continental could have been ordered with chrome fenders, or at least put on after. Continentals had 27" steel wheels, alloy drop bars, QR hubs and came only as a 10 speed as described above.
The 1975 Collegiate was available as a Sport with drop bars and no fenders for $123.95 while the Tourist was $118.95.
05-08-10, 05:24 AM
I very nice condition, it would sell for $125-150 around here. [ College town ]
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